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Panthers, Luongo shut out Canadiens

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February 19, 2003


MONTREAL -- Roberto Luongo took advantage of his teammates' strong all-around effort to record a milestone shutout.

Luongo set a career high with his sixth shutout of the season, and Olli Jokinen and Viktor Kozlov each had a goal and an assist to lead the Florida Panthers to a 3-0 win over the Canadiens on Tuesday night.

Luongo, who has 16 career shutouts, made 24 saves. He had five shutouts in 2000-01.

"They did an excellent job for 60 minutes tonight," Luongo said of the Panthers' defensive effort. "(Montreal) didn't have many opportunities, so it makes my job much easier."

Jeff Toms also scored as Florida ended a four-game winless streak. The Panthers have three wins in their past 13 (3-7-2-1).

Jokinen and Kozlov, the Panthers' two leading scorers, assisted on each other's goals -- which came 1:43 apart in the second -- as Florida scored three times while outshooting Montreal 10-3 in the period.

Toms, who was recalled from San Antonio of the AHL on Monday, scored his first goal in four games with the Panthers this season.

The Canadiens lost in regulation for the first time in their past five (4-1-0-1) after a season-high four-game losing streak.

CANUCKS 4, RED WINGS 3 (OT): Marek Malik scored with 1:58 left in overtime as visiting Vancouver overcame a three-goal deficit to stretch its unbeaten streak to 10 games. Vancouver was down 3-0 in the third period but snapped Detroit's three-game winning streak. Malik's winner came off a pass from Brendan Morrison on a two-on-one break. Vancouver's Markus Naslund tied it with 24.3 seconds left when he put in a high shot from just outside the crease after the puck bounced off the skate of referee Don Van Massenhoeven. It was Naslund's league-leading 38th goal.

PENGUINS 4, OILERS 3 (OT): Mario Lemieux scored the winning goal in overtime after Pittsburgh let a lead slip away late in the third period. Lemieux scored his 14th goal in 26 career games against Edmonton as the Oilers remained winless (0-6-2) in Pittsburgh since 10 years ago Tuesday -- when Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish was an Oilers player. Tomas Surovy scored his second goal in three games since joining Pittsburgh after the Alexei Kovalev trade and also created another goal as the Penguins won at home for only the second time in eight games. The Penguins led 3-2 until drawing a penalty for too many men on the ice, allowing Anson Carter to tie it with 2:09 left.

DEVILS 2, FLYERS 2: Jeff Friesen scored with 4:45 left to give visiting New Jersey a tie with Philadelphia. John Madden also scored for Atlantic-leading New Jersey, which had lost three of five. Donald Brashear had a goal and assist, and Keith Primeau also scored for Philadelphia, which is 0-3-1 against the Devils this season. The Flyers are unbeaten in their past three (1-0-2) after consecutive shutouts last week.

LEAFS 4, HURRICANES 3: Darcy Tucker scored the go-ahead goal with 7:39 left as host Toronto won for the eighth time in nine games. Ed Belfour made several impressive saves in the third period for the Leafs, who were eliminated by the Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference final last season. Kevin Weekes made 43 saves for the Hurricanes, who have just two wins in their past 19.

COYOTES 5, BLUE JACKETS 3: Tony Amonte had two goals as host Phoenix won its third in a row. Brian Boucher improved to 3-0-2 against Columbus. Blue Jackets goalie Marc Denis has given up five goals in consecutive games. In other news, Columbus center Don MacLean, who has not played this season because of a neck injury, was activated and assigned to Syracuse of the American Hockey League.

CANUCKS: Defenseman Mikko Jokela was recalled from Manitoba of the AHL.

MAPLE LEAFS: Left wing Gary Roberts signed a one-year extension. Roberts was in the lineup Saturday for the first time this season after surgery on both shoulders.

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